Your Fractional CIO

Keeping it right

Whether you’ve gone through our Discovery project and had us implement your change programme, or need a CIO to keep things moving, our Fractional CIO model could work for you.

CIO Studio have the team to make it happen at a fixed monthly cost, providing maximum value at an agreed price.

Dude keeping it right

Fractional vs full-time CIO

Most organisations don't need a full-time CIO every day of the year, although we can provide that if necessary.

Depending on your needs, we often recommend a fractional or virtual CIO with a set level of service and hours per month - scalable as you need it.

So, what's the difference?

Fractional CIOFull-time CIO 
 What you get:
 Experienced CIO
Supported by a full team
 A single staff member
working in your business

Fully engaged
in all aspects of strategy


when needed by your business

 Fully flexible

Swap out or discontinue at any stage


up or down, depending on your needs

 Backed up

by a full team of strategic professionals

Cost effective

Pay only for what you need


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Flexible and Scalable

Our Fractional CIO service can scale up rapidly, for example when implementing projects or activities, or scale down when overseeing “business as usual”.

You only pay for what you need – with a fixed level of service agreed up front - and can change any time as your business grows. You get large-business CIO experience and capability for a fraction of the cost. 

Backed up by a full team of strategic professionals, the Fractional CIO service also provides certainty. If your main fractional CIO is unwell, unavailable or moves on, our team has your back and provides continuity throughout. 

On a Journey
Working hard

How we work

We typically provide highly skilled, C-level expertise on a fractional, scalable, monthly subscription basis. 

We charge a fixed fee for our engagement as scoped. While we expect that this will translate into a proportion of full-time positions, we concentrate on the outcomes. 

Our team are all seasoned business professionals with a broad range of skills and capabilities. With a range of specialisms, you get a whole team of digital leaders. 

Our Agile approach

We work in an Agile way as this is the model that is most likely to produce successful outcomes that meet your needs. 

We see the following as key to successful Agile projects:

Engagement with you and your people: this is something we’re doing together, not something we’re doing “to” your people.

An outcomes focus: we care about getting outcomes that are meaningful to you. As we progress, these outcomes might change. 

Collaboration over contract: while we do have an agreement of course, our focus is on genuine partnership and collaborating to get good outcomes. If either of us feel we have to refer back to the contract wording, we’ve failed. 

Following a plan but responding to change: it’s highly likely that your circumstances and priorities will change as the project progresses, even if just in small ways. We will actively solicit and meet your changing priorities and work to ensure a well-managed but flexible process. 

Your investment

The cost is essentially a product of the work vs timeframe – we usually work on a fixed-cost monthly subscription basis and our Agile approach provides maximum flexibility as your needs change over time. The key point is, you’re always in control. 

We also don’t believe in locking clients into lengthy contracts. We’ll discuss the cost and schedule of projects, but you can cancel the engagement at any stage if you don’t feel you’re receiving value.

Your investment

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